Category: Co-op News

05 Sep 2017

P. Winter Management Services seeks Co-operative Co-ordinator

P.Winter Management Services is looking to hire a part-time (4 days per week) staff person to work with one or two non-profit housing co-operatives in Ottawa, beginning as soon as possible.

The co-ordinator will work on-site for one or more housing co-operatives or non-profits, providing day-to-day services to the co-operative’s members and its board of directors.

The successful applicant will:

  • have a good understanding of property management
  • have a general knowledge of co-op and non-profit housing
  • have an excellent understanding of finances and financial statements
  • have effective oral and written communication skills
  • be able to work independently and prioritize work
  • have an excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • have experience working with volunteers

Ability to work in French and/or Spanish an advantage.

Some evening work will be required.  Salary commensurate with experience.

If interested, please e-mail your résumé to Penelope Winter ( by September 15, 2017.

05 Sep 2017

Alex Laidlaw Co-op shows you can be generous and still balance your books

This article is part of a series by CHASEO spotlighting some of our member co-ops and showing the diversity of Eastern Ontario’s co-ops.

The Alex Laidlaw Housing Co-operative is a 36-unit co-op near LeBreton Flats.

The co-op’s name comes from Dr. Alex Laidlaw, a leader in the Canadian co-operative movement. It’s more than just a name: this co-op has a deep connection to co-operative values.

The co-op demonstrated its values last year, when its members decided to offer a home to a refugee family, and reduce the housing charges to a level the family could afford. Odai Waheeb and Ruaa Abbas moved into the co-op in the summer of 2016.

Waheeb spoke warmly of his neighbours: “The community in the coop was a small picture that reflects the bigger one in Canada, same example of cooperation, love, and forgiveness.” Co-op members also helped the family move in, donated furniture, and shared advice and information.

The co-op’s generosity hasn’t gotten in the way of its financial responsibility. In 2016, as the co-op was welcoming and supporting its new refugee members, it also won CHASEO’s Geoff Robbins Award for Financial Excellence.

Robin Shaban was the co-op’s treasurer at the time. She connects the co-op’s financial success to its sense of community. She finds that when members get together for events like the co-op’s annual Clean-Up Day, and when their kids play together, it builds a sense of community, a shared vision, and a desire to protect the co-op and steward its resources.

The process of starting the co-op began in 1978, as part of the LeBreton Flats Demonstration Project. This project brought the National Capital Commission (NCC), the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), and the City of Ottawa together in an attempt to build housing that responded to the community’s needs and used innovative methods for environmental sustainability.

Construction on the co-op began in 1980, supported both by $1.7 million in CMHC funding, and by the work of co-op members who participated in planning and designing the units.

In a 1981 Ottawa Citizen article quoted on the co-op’s website, one founding member, Tom Haley, said, “It was a tremendous [amount of] work and we had really help each other out. But it drew us into a community… This co-op is similar to the old communities where everyone knew everyone and would stop to say good day and have a chat.”

It’s clear that the hard work and generosity of this co-op’s members are keeping that spirit alive today.

• Information on the co-op’s history came from its website.
• Information on the LeBreton Flats Demonstration Project came from Cities and Natural Process: A Basis for Sustainability, by Michael Hough.
• Thank you to members Odai Waheeb and Robin Shaban for taking the time to talk about their co-op.

24 Aug 2017

Ottawa Salus seeks Residential Worker

Ottawa Salus Corporation

DATE OF POSTING: August 23, 2017
DATE OF CLOSING: Until position is filled


  • Casual relief
  • Unionized positions

LOCATION: Grove Transitional Rehabilitation Home

The residential worker at the TRHP is responsible for the provision of client-centred support and rehabilitation in a residential setting that will foster a higher level of independent functioning for persons with a severe and persistent mental illness. The clientele are 10 adults (Male) leaving the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre with community disposition orders. The worker will provide life skills teaching, basic counselling and early identification of changes in resident’s health status. Using psychosocial rehabilitation interventions, the worker will support the client in achieving there recovery goals. At a group level, he/she organizes group activities/outings, offers group advocacy, and provides support for meal planning and household chores.


  • Responsible for the provision of client-centered support and rehabilitation in a residential setting.
  • Provides life skills teaching, basic counseling and early identification of changes in resident’s health status.
  • Supporting client’s achieving their recovery plan
  • Encourages recreation/leisure activities


  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences
  • Experience in working with adults recovering from psychiatric illness.
  • Experience working in a residential setting is an asset
  • Experience in supportive counseling and crisis intervention to adults recovering from mental illness.
  • Flexibility re: work schedule and willingness to work evenings, weekend and night shifts, availability during holiday and vacation periods
  • Training in CPR, CPI, ASIST, Psychiatric rehabilitation, Concurrent Disorders, ASL and LSQ is an asset


  • Bilingualism in French and English is an asset
  • Fluency in additional languages is also an asset


  • Academic certificate
  • Criminal reference check
  • Availability to work weekends and occasional overnight shifts (10:30pm-8:30am).


  • Under the supervision of the Program Manager and/or his/her delegate:
  • Provide supportive counseling and/or crisis intervention to client/tenants whenever necessary.
  • Some teaching of life skills e.g. cleaning, cooking, etc.
  • Outings with clients for recreation, appointments, etc.
  • Be knowledgeable and up-to-date on all policies and procedures pertaining to emergency and crisis situations.
  • Document as needed in communication book, incident reports, computer, etc.
  • Supports clients in their medication regimes
  • Follow the supervision and monitoring guidelines (example: curfew checks)

Direct supervisor
Residential coordinator



  • Displays a professional approach to the work along with values and attitudes that are in keeping with the helping professions(i.e. sensitivity, respect, understanding, sincerity, genuineness, perseverance, patience, compassion, positive outlook, non-judgmental attitude, acceptance, tolerance, etc)
  • Client-centered, caring, supportive and reliable
  • Sound judgment and common sense in decision making and problem solving; critical thinking, intelligence
  • Demonstrates initiative, creativity, flexibility and independence
  • Sense of humor
  • Commitment to work and life-long learning
  • Has a positive and optimistic view of others and demonstrates the ability to resolve workplace conflict with his/her manager and colleagues.
  • Demonstrates an ability to work in a team as well as an ability to take independent action and initiative in the job
  • Manages stress related to work environment


  • Knowledge of mental health, mental illness and treatment modalities, including pharmacotherapy
  • Knowledge of group dynamics theory and practice
  • Knowledge of concurrent disorders
  • Knowledge of health issues and of social problems associated with psychiatric disabilities and the impact of mental Illness on functional capacity
  • Knowledge of Psycho-social Rehabilitation Principles
  • Knowledge in the areas of teaching and coaching
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention and prevention
  • Knowledge of suicide prevention and intervention
  • Knowledge of the forensic system


  • Demonstrates an ability to establish supportive and positive relationships with all client groups supported by Salus
  • Establish a supportive and respectful living environment
  • Demonstrate an ability to teach new skills on an individual or group basis
  • Develop and implement social, recreation and leisure activities
  • Supports clients in meeting their individual goals in their recovery plan
  • Ability to deescalate a crisis situation

Other duties may be assigned by the program manager, as needed.

Program Manager

$19.24 to 21.77 hourly

Please apply to Michael Gershuny, Program Manager, at on or before the job posting closing date.

16 Aug 2017

The Agency for Co-op Housing seeks Director, Human Resources and Administration


With its head office in Ottawa, the Agency for Co-operative Housing administers the operating agreements between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and more than 500 housing co-operatives. We have regional offices in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto and several employees working from home offices. Our workforce numbers about 50 part- and full-time employees.

Director, Human Resources and Administration
Service Centre, Ottawa
Full Time

Reporting to the CEO, the Director, Human Resources and Administration helps build and sustain a motivating and productive work environment for the Agency workforce through the adoption and application of progressive human-resources practices. He or she manages all human-resources programs and activities within the Agency including the definition of roles; recruitment, training and development of employees; succession planning; performance management; compensation and benefits; conflict management; and employee engagement. The Director administers the Agency’s policies respecting employment and the workplace and manages the annual salaries and benefits budget.

The Director oversees the Agency’s compliance, communications and client-service programs and supervises administrative staff based in Ottawa.

The successful candidate has

  • a university degree
  • a Certified Human Resources Professional designation or equivalent experience
  • highly developed interpersonal skills, including coaching, negotiation and conflict-resolution skills
  • experience supervising staff
  • significant experience in applying provincial employment laws and regulations
  • excellent oral and written communication skills

Fluency in French is an asset.

If interested, please send your resume to Sirikit Moreau at We will contact only those candidates whom we wish to interview.



L’Agence des coopératives d’habitation, dont le siège social est situé à Ottawa, est responsable de l’administration des accords d’exploitation conclus entre la Société canadienne d’hypothèques et de logement (SCHL) et plus de 500 coopératives d’habitation. L’Agence a des bureaux à Calgary, à Vancouver et à Toronto, et de nombreux employés travaillant à domicile. Elle a un effectif d’environ 50 employés à temps plein et à temps partiel.

Directeur, Ressources humaines et services administratifs
Centre de service, Ottawa
Temps plein

Relevant de la directrice générale, le directeur, Ressources humaines et services administratifs aide à la mise en place et au maintien d’un environnement de travail motivant et productif pour le personnel de l’Agence, par l’adoption et l’application de pratiques progressistes en matière de ressources humaines. Cette personne gère tous les programmes et toutes les activités en lien avec les ressources humaines au sein de l’Agence, y compris la définition des rôles; le recrutement, la formation et le perfectionnement des employés; la planification de la relève; la gestion du rendement; la rémunération et les avantages sociaux; la gestion des conflits; et l’engagement des employés. Le directeur administre les politiques de l’Agence en matière d’emploi et de milieu de travail, et gère le budget annuel consacré aux salaires et aux avantages sociaux.

Le directeur surveille les programmes de conformité, de communications et de service à la clientèle de l’Agence, en plus de superviser le personnel administratif basé à Ottawa.

La personne retenue doit avoir :

  • un diplôme universitaire;
  • un titre de conseiller en ressources humaines agréé ou une expérience équivalente;
  • des aptitudes interpersonnelles très développées, y compris en matière d’encadrement, de négociation et de résolution de conflits;
  • de l’expérience en supervision de personnel;
  • une expérience importante dans la mise en application des lois et règlements provinciaux sur l’emploi;
  • d’excellentes aptitudes en communication orale et écrite.

La maîtrise du français est un atout.

Si vous êtes intéressé, veuillez faire parvenir votre curriculum vitæ à Sirikit Moreau à l’adresse Nous communiquerons uniquement avec les personnes qui seront retenues pour un entretien d’embauche.

05 Jul 2017

Homestarts is seeking a Co-op Housing Co-ordinator

Homestarts is currently hiring a  Bilingual Housing Coordinator with access to a vehicle to work at one or more housing co-operatives in the Ottawa Region. The position will be for 3 – 5 days per week, depending on preference, totaling 22.5 – 37.5 hours per week.

You can see more details at their job posting on Charity Village.

The application deadline is July 15th, 2017.